Two weeks of school have come and gone and the students are finally getting into the groove of things around here in the classroom. I have to admit, this year has been going pretty smoothly so far (knock on wood). I’m really loving my group of students so far, who for the most part, have shown a great deal of enthusiasm to draw and create in class. We delve right into drawing portraits the first half of the school week. It was a good way to get them excited for their first assignment, which was making their artistic licenses (see next post)! As always, I like to demonstrate the basic steps to drawing a face on the projector and have the class draw along with me. And I think that because drawing photo-realistically has never been a strong point of mine, I always find that I appreciate it most when I see my students veer off the realism path and create really interesting drawing styles of their own. Below are a few of my favorites, some of which are so reminiscent of Cy Twombly’s use of expressive lines, or the rawness of a Basquiat drawing.